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Scottish Collections at Guelph

The University of Guelph Library is well known for its extensive Scottish Studies Collection that is the largest in the world outside the United Kingdom. Begun after 1965, it encompasses both Scottish and Scottish-Canadian history and supports many areas of research.

The special collections and archives, which comprise part of the overall library collection on Scottish Studies, include thousands of rare books, manuscripts, atlases, travel guides, diaries, letters, newspapers and magazines, pamphlets and burgh records.

Archival and special collections contains materials on many Scottish topics such as topography, rural and agricultural studies, business, chapbooks, family and clan information, emigration, the Jacobite rebellions, local history, and church and religious history (especially the Disruption). Most of our materials and rare books related to Scottish-Canadian history are located in the Regional and Canadian history sections; for example, John Galt and the Canada Company, the Lizars Family and Pioneer Collection, and MacIntosh Duff Collection.

Print resources can be used by anyone by visiting us, it is not necessary to be registered! More extensive information can be accessed by consulting our collections overview guide on the sidebar and by searching our library collections using the library's catalogue, Primo.

Scottish Research Links Scottish History
Gazetteer for Scotland Rampant Scotland (major directory)
General Register Office for Scotland Scottish Documents: Scotland's Written Legacy
Scottish Bibliographies Online Scottish Archive Network
digital archive 1817-1950 (registered U of G users)
Ancestral Scotland
Word on the Street
digital collection (National Library of Scotland’s online archive of nearly 1,800 broadsides)
Electric Scotland : clans, history, tartans, and more
Scottish Studies at Guelph Early English Books Online
(registered U of G users)
  Eighteenth Century Collections Online
(registered U of G users)